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Rochester man, 70, sentenced for illegal gambling operation

A Rochester businessman convicted of running an illegal gambling operation that involved a professional hockey player has been sentenced.

Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that 70-year-old Paul Borrelli was sentenced to three years’ probation and eight months home detention. He was ordered to pay a $1.2 million judgment and forfeit $3 million in properties, cash and bank accounts.

Borelli conducted an illegal gambling business with brothers Mark and Joseph Ruff. The operation involved sports betting through multiple offshore Internet gambling websites.

Borrelli was convicted of illegal gambling and money laundering.

Paul Ruff was convicted and sentenced to nine years in prison. Joseph Ruff was convicted and sentenced to 41 months in prison.

Former Buffalo Sabres player Nathan Paetsch was also convicted in connection with the gambling ring and sentenced last week to five years’ probation plus eight months home detention.

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